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Citizen Soldier: USS Olympia

A panel of military experts discuss the history of one of America’s oldest Navy ships, USS Olympia. From the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War, to its final mission of carrying the body of an unknown soldier from France to the United States in 1921, the story of USS Olympia represents and solidifies the United States’ emergence as a world naval power.

JAMES DELGADO is Director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Maritime Heritage Program. He has served as President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University and Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Previously, he was the head of the U.S. Government's maritime preservation program and was the maritime historian for the National Park Service. His active participation in the study and preservation of shipwreck sites and maritime heritage has included a founding membership in the International Commission on Monuments and Site (ICOMOS) committee on underwater cultural heritage and the presidency of the Council of American Maritime Museums.

SETH BRUGGEMAN is an associate professor of history and Director of the Center for Public History at Temple University. As a historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States cultural history, his research focuses on material culture, memory studies, and Public History. He earned his Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary.

JOHN BRADY has worked in maritime preservation for 35 years, building and restoring traditional craft at Independence Seaport Museum, South Street Seaport, Philadelphia Maritime Museum and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. John was appointed President and CEO of the Seaport Museum in 2011 and has expanded the Museum’s history-focused mission to include science education and on-water programming. John serves as an authority on boat and ship construction on the Delaware River and along the New Jersey coast. He continues to sail a wide variety of traditional boats, as he has for 48 years.